Forget boy meets girl and think boy meets alien producer of a TV series in which Earth is the main entertainment, and endeavours to save the world from destruction.
The main character in this book is just an ordinary everyday guy until one day he wanders where he shouldn't and discovers a secret that changes his entire view of the world. What I really enjoyed about this book was the way in which is made me think about every day things we take for granted, why we do things and even, what is the meaning of life? By looking at the world from a completely different point of view it was really interesting, and sometimes comical, to see our lives through the eyes of someone else; even if that someone else is an alien intent on destroying our home planet!
Despite being totally 'out there' I found the description of the alien world, and Earth's place in the galaxy was really well described, made sense and was very believable. I like to read things which make me question my own values, and this book really made me think about the world we live in.
The main characters are very engaging and there's a lot going on in the story. Predominantly a story full of action and intrigue there's a bit of romance thrown in there too, and even some interbreeding between species. There really is something for everyone in this book!
Channel Blue was fun to read, a really fresh idea and really interesting. If you like books that will make you think whilst you're being entertained then this one's for you.
The back page blurb:
Earth used to be Galaxy Entertainment's most lucrative show. The inhabitants of the Western Galaxy - the saviest, richest demographic in the Milky Way - just couldn't get enough of the day-to-day details of the average Earthling's life.
But Channel Blue's ratings are flagging and its producers are planning a spectacular finale. In just three weeks, their TV show will go out with a bang. The trouble is, so will Earth.
Only one man can save our planet and he's hardly a likely hero...
Title: Channel Blue
Author: Jay Martel
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